RFID News Roundup

Published: October 26, 2023

HID releases three new textile management RFID tags; Nordic-ID offers nRF54L Series for BLE; Fairview Microwave innovates IoT combination antennas; EU certification gained by u-blox for its IoT cellular modules.

HID Releases 3 New Textile Management RFID Tags

Identity technology company HID Global has added three new products to its ultra-high frequency UHF RFID tag portfolio. The latest tags in the LinTRAK RAIN RFID tag family are intended for linens and other textiles and aimed at boosting efficiency, durability, and integration possibilities.

The three new models include the LinTRACK C10S, which measures 10 by 52 millimeters and is 20 percent smaller than its predecessor. The company says it provides the industry’s best size and reading distance ratio.

The LinTRAK C15S offers a 5-millimeter zone above the chip to ease the sewing process, specifically designed to respond to linen manufacturers’ requirements. It measures 15 by 52 millimeters.

The LinTRAK C15SH can be heat-sealed onto linen items and measures 15 by 46 millimeters, making it reportedly the market’s smallest UHF heat-sealable washable RFID tag.

HID engineered all three tags to be small, discreet, and unobtrusive; to seamlessly blend into linen items without compromising their robustness. Crafted to be ruggedized and durable, the new tags stand up to the most demanding environments, ensuring longevity and consistent performance, HID reports. They can be used in medical settings for patient linen or gowns and can safely undergo MRI scans.

Nordic-ID Offers nRF54L Series for BLE

Low-power, wireless solutions company Nordic Semiconductor announced its new nRF54L series as the latest member of the nRF54 family of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) systems-on-a-chip (SoCs). Nordic claims this new series provides designers with improved performance compared to previous generations of BLE SoCs.

The nRF54L is Nordic’s fourth generation of BLE SoCs, (the nRF54H series was announced in April of this year). The nRF54L offers higher raw processing power and efficiency performance than its predecessors. It features an Arm Cortex-M33 processor running at 128 MHz.

The nRF54L series reduces material costs and space requirements. The nRF54L is smaller than the nRF54H, allowing designers to integrate BLE SoCs in more space-restricted applications. Companies are testing samples of the nRF54L in a 6 × 6 mm QFN package.

Fairview Microwave innovates IoT Combination Antennas

Infinite Electronics’ brand Fairview Microwave provides RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave components and has now released a line of IoT multi-band combination antennas for vehicle, fleet, and base station connectivity.

These antennas include 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, and GPS bands. The flexibility of the new antennas is intended to benefit critical service providers such as emergency teams, first responders, and fleet management. The antennas link moving vehicles and dispatch centers with seamless communication, even in challenging scenarios.

The antennas include FAKRA and SMA connectors with 17-foot cable leads to make installations and connectivity more efficient. The IP69K rating ensures durability and resilience against challenging environmental conditions.

The company says network configurations become more versatile and robust with dedicated ports for 4G and 5G, Wi-Fi, and GPS. The company says that the IoT combination antennas are aimed at enabling the next generation of mobile network solutions. The new IoT multiband combination antennas are available now.

EU Certification Gained by u-blox for its IoT Cellular Modules

Global technology company u-blox has achieved the European Union’s Cybersecurity Certification for its IoT cellular modules. The company reports that it has become the first module maker to have its LTE Cat 1 and LTE Cat 4 cellular modules certified. That certification means it has been approved for its high level of security and privacy for smart devices. The European Union will mandate the RED cybersecurity certification for all wireless products by the summer of 2025, putting u-blox ahead of other companies to offer its product design and development for IoT devices. The ETSI EN 303 645 standard, the basis for the RED cybersecurity certification, sets the standard for device security in the face of modern threats in Europe and beyond.

U-blox makes solutions, services, and products to let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise location and connect wirelessly over cellular networks. Its products are used in automotive and transportation, healthcare, asset tracking and management, and industrial automation and monitoring.